NASA's Orion Capsule Reaches Orbit
There's certainly some truth to that. We keep hearing this is going to be the vehicle that's going to take us to Mars. Excuse me? Exactly how is a vehicle that can only carry 6 people carry supplies for even one person for nearly a year? Also, it's supposedly designed for missions lasting at most 21 days. They'd better be strapping it to a really fast rocket if they expect to get to Mars and back in 21 days!
Mathematicians Study Effects of Gerrymandering On 2012 Election
Whilst it is possible to see Germany as having had a stable governmental system despite PR, in most other countries it has caused substantial instability, to the extent that in many countries PR is tweeked to reduce its impact, e.g. Greece where the party with the most votes gets an extra tranche of MPs. By contrast Belgium's record of 18 months without a government as a result of PR should be a warning to us all.
Is that an indictment or an endorsement?
The great virtue of 'first past the post' is that it forces parties to appeal to a wider group than their obvious supporters; know nothing tea partiers mashed up with business advocates are lined up against a mixture of union placemen and minority activists. The process of coalesce has got to occur somewhere; the belief that it is best done in the spotlight of publicity of the floor of the legislature is somewhat unproven, at best. Certainly the collapse of both the Weimar Republic and the French 4th Republic are usually blamed on their use of PR; I remain to be convinced its the optimal solution.
That sounds more like an indictment of democracy itself. I'll point out that if Wilhelm had remained on the throne of Germany, neither the collapse of the Weimar republic nor the subsequent unfortunate events would have been possible. Those are entirely the fruits of democracy.
A Worm's Mind In a Lego Body
"Ringworm" is a fungal infection, nothing to do with worms at all. These are not earthworms, true, but they are real worms - generally small, and often parasitic, but worms nevertheless.
Teach them to vote, and the Democrats will have a new constituency to pander to.
Former Infosys Recruiter Says He Was Told Not To Hire US Workers
It's called Passover Syndrome. And it ain't pretty.
For Microsoft, $93B Abroad Means Avoiding $30B Tax Hit
Good for Microsoft! Why should they be paying any more of the money the earned (and not even in the US) to those that decidedly did not earn it than they absolutely have to?
California May Waive Environmental Rules For Tesla
Apparently he's learned his lesson, given that Spacex is building it's new spaceport in Texas.
You tell me - which do think is going to employ more people and contribute more to an economy? Corporate offices, or factories and space ports?
California May Waive Environmental Rules For Tesla
If Musk is as smart as I think he is, he's not gonna touch California with a ten foot pole no matter what they dangle in front of his nose. Don't feed the parasites! Just let the bloodsuckers collapse under the weight of their own stupidity. He'd be doing the rest of the country one huge favor.
Apple's Diversity Numbers: 70% Male, 55% White
And why is the biggest pool of welfare recipients actually whites, not blacks?
Absolutely not true.
Geneticists Decry Book On Race and Evolution
You're simply playing semantic games. IQ has a very high correlation with life outcomes. If you don't want to define intelligence as the capacity to successfully manage one's life, that's fine, but they're certainly measuring a helluva lot more than just the capacity to take IQ tests.
VP Biden Briefs US Governors On H-1B Visas, IT, and Coding
"Highly skilled" does not necessarily mean "highly in demand". Given that there are highly skilled Americans that can't find work, yes I will argue they're bad for America.
Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More
A philosophy grounded in parasitism tends to bring out the sleazy in it's adherents? Who'd ever believe it!
Ask Slashdot: How Many Employees Does Microsoft Really Need?
...that Bill Gates says we desperately need .
Geographic Segregation By Education
Mostly products that were directly attributable to capitalism and technology. What did liberal democracy have to do with any of that? Did somebody vote the steam engine into existence?
Chinese-Built Cars Are Coming To the US Next Year
I'm all for anything that puts Bruce Springsteen out of a job.
Congressman Asks NSA To Provide Metadata For "Lost" IRS Emails
Everyone knows that all bureaucrats are fired and new ones hired whenever the administration changes.
Not really. Take it from a professional bureaucrat.
Seattle Approves $15 Per Hour Minimum Wage
Why is it that every magazine with "business" in the title always turns out to be to the left of Stalin?
The Koch Brothers Attack On Solar Energy
"Autocracy is universal and cannot be repealed, only concealed."
Michael Bloomberg: You Can't Teach a Coal Miner To Code
We'll, maybe they can't all be coders.... But I'm sure there are plenty of openings for liberal arts professors.
IBM's Watson To Be Used For Cancer Treatment
It's not a matter of whether cancer research needs Watson, it's a matter of IBM having dumped a large amount of R&D dollars into a solution in search of a problem. This is merely a last-ditch effort to make it pay off.
The Poor Neglected Gifted Child
Wonder what the problem is? You tell me....